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Component Parts – 2014 WSM 14.5″

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Here are photos and detailed descriptions of all the parts that make up the 14.5″ Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker for model year 2014.

For part numbers and a diagram showing the relationship between parts, visit the Parts Schematics For Weber Smokers page. To see how a WSM is put together, visit the Assembly page.

Three Major Sections

Assembled height: 31″
Assembled width: 15″
Assembled weight: 22 pounds

Three Major SectionsThe Weber Bullet has three major sections:

  • The Lid
  • The Middle Cooking Section
  • The Charcoal Bowl

When these three sections are fitted together, they achieve a fairly good seal—not airtight, but a good seal. This is one of the secrets of the WSM’s ability to regulate and maintain temperature easily. The sections come apart for easy cleaning and transportation.

Lid

14.5″ OD x 8.75″ (including handle)
3″ damper (1), 0.75″ holes (3 per damper)
7″ between inside top of lid and top cooking grate
Includes thermometer and thermometer bezel.

The lid is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It is fitted with two handles, an adjustable vent damper, and a thermometer.

Overhead view of lid

The vent damper exhausts smoke and heat from the cooker, allowing them to pass over your food for that great barbecue taste. Most WSM owners leave this vent completely open at all times during the cooking process, since inadequate ventilation can cause an off taste in foods. It may be partially closed if the cooker is running much hotter than desired, and should be completely closed at the end of a cooking session to extinguish the coals.

Lid vent damper

The damper is made of rust-resistant aluminum and is fastened to the lid with a 0.25″ aluminum tubular rivet. The two tabs are used to grasp the damper to adjust it, and each damper hole has a stop tab that limits the open/close motion of the damper. There is also a two-character date of manufacture code stamped into the damper.

Close-up of vent damper date code and serial number

This photo shows an interior view of the lid.

Interior view of lid

Thermometer

100-350°F range, 5°F increments
2.25″ diameter face, 1.5″ stem
0.375″ hole in lid

The thermometer is positioned opposite from the vent damper. It is housed in a metal bezel and is fastened to the lid using a wing nut.

Close-up of lid thermometer

This photo shows the thermometer bezel, thermometer, and wing nut.

Thermometer, bezel, and wing nut

This photo the 0.375″ hole in the lid for the thermometer and the registration hole that aligns the thermometer assembly in the correct orientation.

Thermometer hole and registration slot

This photo shows the thermometer stem and wing nut fastener.

Interior view of thermometer stem and wing nut

Middle Cooking Section

14.75″ OD / 13.5″ ID x 13.5″
5.25″ x 8.5″ access opening, 3.5″ between screw holes
1.25″ grommet hole

The middle cooking section is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It holds two grates where all the cooking action takes place, plus the water pan and the access door through which fuel, smoke wood, and water are added during the cooking process.

Middle cooking section

The water pan and cooking grates rest on four grill straps that are fastened to the inside of this section. This photo shows two of the holes used to attach a grill strap.

Interior view of middle cooking section and grill strap holes

This photo shows the 1.25″ grommet hole.

Close-up of grommet hole

Charcoal Bowl

14.5″ OD x 7″ (without legs), 9″ (with legs)
3″ damper (3), 0.75″ holes (3 per damper)

The charcoal bowl is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish inside and out. It contains the charcoal grate and charcoal chamber in which the fuel and smoke wood are placed. The bowl sits on three sturdy aluminum legs that provide a stable base for the cooker.

Charcoal bowl

There are three adjustable vent dampers in the charcoal bowl. These dampers are identical to the one in the lid. Each vent damper is adjusted independently throughout the cooking process to control air flow into the charcoal bowl. By increasing or decreasing air flow, fuel combustion is increased or decreased, thus raising or lowering the cooker temperature. Each damper may be fully open or fully closed or somewhere in-between depending on the need to control cooker temperature.

Closing these three dampers and the lid damper at the end of a cooking session will extinguish the coals.

Close-up of inside view of bowl vent damper

This photo shows an interior view of the bowl.

Interior view of charcoal bowl

Cooking Grates

Top: 13.5″ diameter, 143 square-inch surface
Bottom: 13″ diameter, 133 square-inch surface
5.5″ between top and bottom grates

The 14.5″ Weber Bullet has two plated steel cooking grates with a combined surface area of approximately 276 square inches. The grates are supported by four grill straps fastened to the inside the middle cooking section.

Top and bottom cooking grates

The top grate has two handles and is situated near the top of the middle cooking section. The bottom grate also has two handles and is slightly smaller in diameter, situated 5.5″ below the top grate. The smaller diameter is necessary to provide clearance between the grate and the grill straps.

Water Pan

11.5″ OD x 4.125″
6.5″ between bottom of pan and charcoal grate
0.5″ between top of pan and bottom cooking grate
11 cup (0.6875 gallon) capacity

The water pan is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish. The water moderates the temperature of the cooker, provides a moist cooking environment, and catches any drippings, preventing them from flaring-up on the hot charcoal below.

Overhead view of water pan Side view of water pan Flat bottom of water pan

The pan is supported by the same grill straps that support the two cooking grates. The pan is a re-purposed part from the Weber Torch.

Weber Torch

Heat Shield

15″ OD x 2.75″

The heat shield rests in the bottom of the charcoal bowl. The heat shield and the air gap it creates help protect your deck or patio from the heat generated by the cooker. It also has the added benefit of reflecting heat back into the cooker, making it operate more efficiently.

Heat shield

The shield is made of steel.

Charcoal Grate

10.5″ diameter
2.5″ between grate and bottom of charcoal bowl
2″ between grate and heat shield

This grate rests in the bottom of the charcoal bowl on the three screws that attach the legs to the bowl. It holds the charcoal chamber into which the fuel and smoke wood are placed. Ashes fall through the grate into the heat shield in the bottom of the charcoal bowl.

Charcoal grate

Charcoal Chamber

10″ OD x 4.75″

The charcoal chamber is constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a porcelain enamel finish. It is placed on top of the charcoal grate and keeps the fuel centered on the grate and prevents the dampers in the charcoal bowl from becoming blocked. The perforations provide airflow to the burning coals and smoke wood.

Charcoal chamber

Access Door Assembly

6″ x 10″
3″ x 1.25″ knob

The access door has an offset section along the bottom edge that engages the opening in the middle cooking section. Tabs at the bottom of the door allow it to hang down in the open position from the middle cooking section.

Access door

The knob turns a latch on the inside of the door that secures it to the middle cooking section.

Close-up of door latch

The door is made of rust-resistant aluminum and is stamped with a pebbled finish.

Close-up of door handle

The knob is made of a hard, black, heat-resistant plastic.

Hardware Pack

A small cardboard box containing these parts:

  • Plastic Handle Kit
  • Legs
  • Grill Straps
  • Fasteners
  • Silicone grommet
  • Owner’s Manual

Hardware pack box

Lid Handle

5.875″ x 1.125″

The plastic handle kit consists of two pieces that fit around the metal lid handle, and is fastened using one screw. It is made of heat-resistant nylon plastic and has the Weber logo stenciled on it.

Lid handle

Legs

8.375″ x 1″ (3)

Three rust-resistant aluminum legs are attached to the charcoal bowl using two screws, two nuts, two fiber washers, and two steel washers per leg.

Leg

Grill Straps

6.125″ x 0.625″ (4)
3.5″ between screw holes

Four grill straps are attached to the inside of the middle cooking section using two screws, two nuts, and two fiber washers per strap.

Grill strap

Fasteners

These fasteners are used to attach the legs and grill straps:

  • 1/4-20 x 5/8 Inch Screws (14)
  • 1/4-20 Nuts (14)
  • Fiber Washers (14)
  • 1/4″ Steel Washers (6)

The silicone grommet is also packaged with the fasteners.

Nuts, bolts, washers, and grommet

Grommet

1.625″ x 0.3125″

The heat-resistant silicone grommet is inserted into the hole provided in the middle cooking section. It has a hole for a stem thermometer to measure temperature halfway between the cooking grates. The slot provides a way to insert probe thermometer wires into the cooker. The flexible silicone seals around the thermometers to prevent smoke leakage.

Grommet Edge view of grommet Inserting grommet into middle cooking section

Owner’s Manual

8.5″ x 11″, 36 pages, black & white, schematic diagrams

The owner’s manual contains assembly and operating instructions, cooking tips, smoker care information, helpful hints, and recipes.

Owner's manual

Vinyl Cover

28″ long

Weber includes a full-length, premium-quality vinyl cover with the WSM. It has elastic strips at the bottom that provide some closure around the charcoal bowl. The Weber logo is printed on the cover.

Vinyl cover Smoker under vinyl cover

Warranty

The 2009-2013 22.5″ Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker came with the following warranty:

  • Cooking grates/charcoal grate: 2 years
  • Bowl and lid against rust/burn-through: 10 years
  • Nylon handles: 10 years
  • All remaining parts: 2 years

The warranty takes effect on the date of purchase.

Disclosure

The 14.5″ Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker shown in this article was provided compliments of Weber-Stephen Products Co. I was neither obligated to post a review of the product nor was I paid to write this article. The comments and opinions expressed are my own and have not been reviewed or approved by Weber.

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